What prevents false identities

Fight against false identities

Employees in German citizens' offices are presented with dozens of different identification documents from all over the world every day. Because every citizen has a reporting obligation. And before the citizens' offices can issue registration certificates and make entries in the federal register, they have to verify the identity of an applicant. As a rule, the employees check the ID documents presented with the naked eye. However, hardly anyone knows all the security features of foreign documents in detail. This makes it extremely difficult to determine whether the document is genuine, falsified, or even forged. More and more authorities are therefore relying on a test solution from Bundesdruckerei. A superficial examination and unknowing confirmation of forged identities can have serious consequences: The official confirmation is associated with claims to various benefits - for example for social assistance in the form of cash benefits or benefits in kind, unemployment benefits or child benefits. After all, EU citizens can also apply for social and health benefits in Germany. And asylum seekers are also entitled to social benefits.

Uncover performance abuse

10,500 euros per person per year - that's the standard benefits as well as costs for accommodation, health and long-term care insurance combined with German social welfare. In addition, non-European citizens are allowed to bring their relatives to the country in accordance with the Residence Act. A family of five, for example, costs the state around 35,000 euros a year. At the same time, this means that if false identification documents are not recognized as such, this will result in high, unnecessary expenditure in the municipalities. A concern that is not unfounded: According to police crime statistics, there were over 150,000 registered crimes against the Residence Act, the Asylum Procedure Act and the EU Freedom of Movement Act in 2014 - an increase of 41.5 percent compared to the previous year.

In almost 50,000 cases it was about unauthorized entry, in around 8000 cases about unauthorized residence. Because in authorities that are overloaded, there may be gaps in the authenticity check of ID documents. Mario Moll, team coordinator at the immigration office in Herne, says: "Even if all employees are trained in checking the documents and have developed a certain routine over the years, a comprehensive check of all forgery features is simply not possible." The city of Herne has therefore been using it since 2013 to the document checking system VISOCORE® Verify from Bundesdruckerei. And she also uses the document checking device in the registration office for registrations by EU citizens. As a result, the situation has fundamentally improved.

Recognize abnormalities

Bundesdruckerei's offer includes a complete system of hardware and software for the secure verification of almost all national and international identity documents. All document types that meet the standards of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) are automatically recognized. The hardware fits on every desk and, with the support of the software, reads the document and the data from the possibly integrated security chip within a few seconds. The test system accesses a database with over 1,800 reference documents from 180 countries.

The handling for the authority employees is very easy: You only have to place documents on the document checking device to immediately recognize possible anomalies. In the event of anomalies, the authority employee can create a test report at the push of a button and automatically send it by email to a downstream document review center. In addition, the data read out can be transferred directly to the specialist process. This avoids sources of error due to manual transmission.
That is why many local governments throughout Germany are already using the test device from Bundesdruckerei, including not only large cities, but also many smaller towns and communities. With the device, authorities can securely check the identities of applicants, document their decision-making bases on files, shorten processing processes when transferring data to the specialist procedure and prevent misuse of services.